The Ph.D. program in Urban Planning at Sapienza University in Rome, in collaboration with Tracce Urbane network, proposes a seminar with the title: Ecological transition: where is it going? Ecology, economics, and urban planning between European Green Deal and Post-Growth paradigms
After decades of austerity politics, so-called post-crisis measures such as ‘Next Generation EU’ and, before that, the ‘European Green Deal’ (substantiated e.g., through the ‘Renovation Wave Strategy), are seen and awaited as a major opportunity for recovery and relaunch for cities and territories, particularly in those countries which contested and/or suffered more than others for the previous EU political
‘Ecological transition’ is the keyword, but, as far as we can see, most part of the urban projects that are going to be financed tells other stories: for instance, the logic of ‘urban greening’ seems more like a new way for doing ‘what has been always done’ than a ‘transition’ (of any sort).
In this seminar we aim at discussing the very meaning of ‘ecological transition’ as a contested concept from a variety of viewpoints and disciplinary orientations, looking at the actual socio-spatial impacts of interventions whose declared aim is also that of reducing inequalities, and relating it to development
models and post-growth paradigms – which will be scrutinized in their multifaceted meaning.
The seminar will be held in Rome on May 31st, 2023 (Piazza Borghese 9).
To participate, please send an abstract proposal (max 600 words), with 3-5 keywords, to the following address:
The possibility of remote participation will be evaluated depending on the requests we may receive.
>The results of the seminar will be considered for publication in a special issue of Tracce Urbane Journal
Deadline for abstracts submission: April 15th
Decisions about accepted papers: April 30th
Scientific coordinators: Angela Barbanente (Politecnico di Bari) and Barbara Pizzo (Sapienza Università di Roma).
For any clarification, please write to